With much of the world in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for hand sanitizers has exploded. To meet the urgent need, some beauty and personal care companies, distilleries and others not currently registered as drug establishments have pivoted to producing the virus-killing fluid.
In response, regulatory authorities from across the globe have temporarily eased some restrictions and issued manufacturing guidelines in an effort to speed up production.
Thanks to their pleasant aromas and therapeutic benefits, essential oils are popular ingredients in the booming market for natural beauty and household cleaning products. As such, the demand for essential oils from around the globe is huge and growing everyday.
Though interest in natural products may seem like a recent consumer trend, import and export regulations for the trade of natural resources is nothing new.
Since 1900, the Lacey Act has protect... Continue reading
Humans are teeming with bacteria, protozoa, fungi, yeast, and viruses, which are all actors in what is known as the microbiome. Humans consist of over 100 trillion Microbes and they outnumber human cells by approximately 10 to 1. The bacteria in our microbiome help in digesting foods, regulating our immune system, protecting against disease, and producing vitamins.
A topical treatment with a common skin bacterium called Roseomonas Mucosa was shown to reduce atopic dermatitis (AD) severity in a small group of adults and children  ... Continue reading
The Cannabis Act officially came into force in Canada on October 17, 2018. The regulations provide a legal and regulatory framework for controlling the production, sale, distribution and possession of cannabis in Canada which will affect its use in cosmetics. A prime example of this new structure includes a formal license requirement to manufacture cannabis products even if they do NOT contain THC and this includes most products derived from industrial hemp. Companies selling cosmetic products with cannabis grain derivatives that are exempt from the Cannabis Act under the Industrial Hemp Regulations(IHR) should ens... Continue reading
The turn into a new year inevitably brings a desire for change, as evidenced by annual resolutions to jettison old habits, embrace new ones, and enjoy a fresh start for the new year. But here in 2020, the new year has coincided with a new decade, the desire for personal transformation is even stronger, and this sea of change will have a huge impact on the cosmetic and personal care product industry.
Consumer demographics and demand are shifting with the decade, and manufacturers are modifying their business model... Continue reading
In the almost 50 years since the FDA began regulating sunscreens in the 1970’s there have been many advances in detection technologies, protocol development, and the ability to determine the fate of chemicals in humans. At that time, SPF 15 was classified as “ultra-protection”, whereas now the market has up to SPF 100. In the Stayed 1999 Final Monograph, the FDA established SPF 30+ as the maximum labeled SPF value for sunscreen monograph products, and subsequently proposed (in 2011) to raise this value to SPF 50+. The Monograph issued February 21, 2019 outlines that because of evidence showing additional m... Continue reading
2019 ushered in a new age for the hemp and cannabidiol industries. The Agricultural Improvement of 2018 (Farm Bill) removed hemp from the Controlled Substances List, which legalized the growth of industrial hemp provided the requirements within the Act are met. As a result of this legislation, cannabidiol (CBD) has been introduced to the cosmetic market where it has begun to appear in skin care, shampoo, and other personal care products.
China’s new Cosmetic Regulation, the Cosmetics Supervisory and Administrative Regulation (CSAR), was approved at the China State Council meeting on January 3, 2020. Publication is expected before or just after the Chinese New Year Festival (January 25-February 8). The implementation date has not been published. The CSAR replaces the 30-year-old Cosmetics Hygiene Management Regulation (CHMR) sometimes referred to as the “Regulation of Hygienic Supervision over Cosmetic Products”. This is not to be confused with the new CSAR.
Women have long embraced hair dye as a method of hiding those annoying grey hairs that appear seemingly overnight. Whether refreshing faded and brassy tones, adding highlights or embracing their adventurous side with a totally new and unconventional color, women and men have been coloring their hair since ancient times, dating back to the Egyptians using Henna in about 1500 BCE. Willian Perkin accidentally discovered his malaria cure colored hair in 1863, Eugène Schueller, the founder of the L'Oréal empire, created the very first hair dye in 1907, and a multi-billion-dollar industry was born.
The California Air Resources Board announced on November 7, 2019, newly proposed VOC limits for several cosmetic and personal care product categories. In order to meet VOC reduction targets, CARB has proposed stricter VOC limits for the following cosmetic & personal care product categories:
· Hair Finishing Sprays ... Continue reading
Starting a new makeup line may seem like a straightforward and almost fool-proof endeavor. The industry is thriving, with a global makeup market currently valued at .87 billion USD and forecast to nearly double in sales by 2023. And the cosmetic industry remains largely unaffected by fluctuations in the economy, so logic – and history – indicate that launching a new makeup brand should be a resounding success for any company looking to enter the space. Make a business plan,... Continue reading
When launching consumer products, there are many aspects to consider in a short timeframe. If not managed well, non-compliance can be detrimental to a company and lead to increased risk, extra costs, and legal obligations due to unsafe products. The subsequent damage to the company’s reputation can be just as painful and difficult to manage as the monetary penalty, and it can take years to regain consumer trust, shareholder confidence, and lost market share.
While the cost of ensuring regulatory compliance in th... Continue reading
It is not uncommon for states in the U.S. to have different regulations regarding cosmetic products. California, a state renowned for endless sunshine and laid-back culture, is an example of this as it has enacted chemical and cosmetic regulations outside of federal law that requires cosmetic manufacturers to follow detailed rules and regulations in order to bring their products to market.
Manufacturing cosmetic products can be a challenging endeavor for any organization unprepared for the roadblocks that can arise and derail a project. The new product development process is multifaceted, requiring the involvement of many departments within the organization, and every step has an inherent capacity for disruption of the launch timeline – and budget. Incomplete or inaccurate regulatory compliance documentation can have a deleterious effect on the project timeline, so an effective compliance monitoring platform is an absolute must for any cosmetic manufacturer aiming to bring a new product to... Continue reading
The Pollution Prevention for Our Future Act (SB 5135) in the state of Washington officially became effective as of July 28, 2019. The Act aims to prevent toxic pollution from chemicals that may reside within consumer products and have been determined by the Department of Ecology (DOE) to cause harm to both humans and the environment.
Under the Act, the DOE i... Continue reading
Cosmetic and beauty trends can change on a dime, as new technologies are developed and consumer tastes and loyalties shift. Most recently, the trend has been toward clean cosmetic brands that appeal to the newest generation of customers. These socially responsible consumers are choosing brands that are organic, sustainable and Eco-friendly, causing more traditional manufacturers to put increased focus on ingredient transparency in order to remain competitive.
This trend is having an impact on major retailers... Continue reading
Passage of the Farm Bill by the United States Congress last year, including hemp and its use, have spurred changes in Ohio’s laws to make it a legal crop that farmers can cultivate and process. Ohio is one of the most recent states to take the steps towards legalizing hemp and there are hopes that it will pave the way into a new industry.
Senate Bill 57, which establishes conditions and requirements governing the... Continue reading
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